On behalf of the 2018 Medical Symposium Organising Community I would like to cordially welcome you to Madang. I am especially pleased to welcome our international guest speakers especially Associate Professor Ruth Stewart, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Professor John Hall, Professor of Primary Care at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and others who have come from abroad to attend or speak at this conference.
I extend a very warm welcome to a number of prominent and long serving doctors in the service of Rural Health in PNG especially those who are serving as medical missionaries with various church based organisations.
Organising the medical symposium has been a challenging task in the light of our current economic situation and I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the Madang Symposium Organising Committee for their commitment in the fundraising efforts. In particular we want to thank Sir Peter Barter, Mr Peter Yama, Governor for Madang and our Prime Minister Honourable Mr Peter O’Neill for their notable support. The business community and citizens of Madang have also been very supportive to our course and should be applauded.
I wish to acknowledge our partners PNG Institute of Medical Research, Divine Word University and the Madang Provincial Government for their contributions.
I especially thank Professor Cecilia Nembou, President of Divine Word University for her support in availing the facilities at Divine Word University to host this year’s symposium.
I hope this will be a time of learning, reflection and networking for all of us as we consider the challenges of providing Health Care to our rural population.
I trust you will enjoy the program and the entertainment and the networking opportunities while you are in Madang.